Sony Thinking Of Vitality Sensors For PlayStation Consoles?

Maybe! A patent application, filed in 2010 but only recently uncovered, has Sony looking at biometric controls on devices that look like a DualShock, a PlayStation Move controller, and a handheld.

What does that actually mean? It means the controllers would be able to measure your skin moisture, heart rhythm and muscle movement and use those to help control or influence a game.

This is quite a few steps beyond Nintendo's ill-fated Vitality Sensor, which basically would only read your pulse (and which has since been put on the shelf because it didn't work very well).

Some of the possible applications for using this data include a game's difficulty adapting to match your stress levels and a game's soundtrack adapting to...match your stress levels.

Remember, though, unlike the Vitality Sensor, which was officially announced by Nintendo, these are just patent applications, meaning it's just stuff Sony is thinking about, not necessarily intending to bring to market.

Sony Patent Reveals Biometric PS3 Controller And Handheld [Siliconera, via GameSpot]


    Good thing Nintendo aren't Apple otherwise they'd probably try to sue Sony using some ridiculously vague patent.

      more likely some troll firm got some vague patent like the Rumble in your dual shocks and the voice control in which they sue (the first one won cost Sony and MS Billions) would sue. What I dont here alot is IBM suing, they file 100s if not thousands a month.

      Anyways, This is the next logical step in gaming and if the next consoles dont focus on some aspect of this I will be dissapointed, sure we will have a graphical increase, more stuff and large scope in games, and the delivery of games will become more and more accessible and easier but the progression of games as a form of Entertainment, Bio metric data is the next step like 3D was last generations. Honestly a game that changes depending on your current mood would be like nothing ever fought possible.

    Imaging the readings on this thing when you are presented with yet another mandatory update!!!

    Based on the guy in the picture, it doesn't look like a lot of fun. I think I'll pass on this one

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